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Am I the only one who possesses really old hardware, yet don't dare to plug it in anymore, because I'm afraid I might be really disappointed by finding out it's now broken?

Schrödinger's Retro Computers...

@fribbledom
Usually when I get my hands on something like that the first thing I do is plug it in, and if it is broken, make it into a huge project to figure out how and why, then proceed to fix it in the most convoluted way possible.

@fribbledom very probably not

i'm the "plug it in right away & get disappointed immediately" kind of person tho

@fribbledom
the net has assured me that , should i try to power up my 9845, it will explode. 😢

@fribbledom no I get a bit that way, but what I find worse is when there's a problem but my limited skills and equipment will probably make any non obvious solution impossible.

@fribbledom
I am in line to inherit my dad's Commodore Pet. He says it still works ...

@AspiringLuddite @fribbledom The Pet was used in my higher school's computer science class (1981).

My dad's Osbourne was still working a couple of years ago.

@fribbledom By far not the only one. I have a bunch that I'm in the same position with.

@fribbledom *hands soldering iron* never too late to learn :D

@dissy614

Oh, I'm usually able to fix my gear, but I would typically go through the five stages of grief first 😂

That said, some spare parts are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain nowadays.

@fribbledom i've been that way w my c64 - finally hooked it up to be disappointed. ah well, i'm gonna dismantle it and try to fix it

@fribbledom Yeh, but first I have to move them and find the cables and keyboards etc.
And now the ones I find that don't work are on my list of things I should see if there's an easy fix.

@fribbledom
Nope... My daily driver phone is 7yo (bang up to date OS), my primary laptop is 14yo, and very occasionally I use a laptop that's 23yo.

@mark How are you having an up to date OS on a 7yo phone?

@fribbledom

@Coffee
I'm pleased you asked! I'm using @ubports
#UbuntuTouch on a #Nexus5... and it's really really good! @fribbledom

@mark Nice! My next phone will certainly be one that @ubports and/or #PostmarketOS can be installed on!

@fribbledom

@Coffee
:) It makes me really happy that #opensource phone OSs are being adopted. And I think @PINE64 deserve a good measure of credit for that!

@mark Yeah, good things are happening! Not just them but also #Librem5 and on the second tier, ethical and reflash-friendly phones like #FairPhone.

@fribbledom but you can't bear to actually get rid of it. Same.

@fribbledom I have things I'm afraid to turn off, fearing that they won't turn on again.

@fribbledom Not that old, but I refused to start my Pokemon Gold for years because I was afraid the savegame would be lost because of an empty battery.

I eventually did it and of course it was.

@tofuwabohu isn't that a good thing? you could play the whole game all over again and have the exact same experience as the first time.

@fribbledom

@divine_shine @fribbledom No, I still had my childhood savegame with all 251 Mons in the dex, my favourite Mons on level 100 and some more stuff. Took me 237 hours (why do I remember this?) and I have no intention to play it again. Enjoyed the remakes though.

@fribbledom Not at all.

I have my Amiga 500 stuffed up in my closet, in part because I don't want to preserve it, but also because I don't have anywhere to actually put it anymore.

I should really do something about that some day, though. The machine desparately needs to be recapped.

@fribbledom
PPC era MacBook - booted recently after years and still works.. albeit slowly!

@fribbledom I have 3 arcade machines in the garage; defender, gauntlet 2 and a generic cab.

They are all working and fine la-la-la-la-not-thinking-about-it

@fribbledom Actually, I do try to plug it in sometimes to see if it's broken, because if it is, I can finally scrape some parts and throw the rest away. But as long as it's working, I just want to keep it.

@fribbledom I was that person but I Kondo’d a bunch of it to the recycling depot recently and it felt great. I have kept my Palm from 2002 because it still has some old phone numbers and databases on it that I can’t be arsed exporting to a format I can use on a desktop, but I check it at least once every year and it still works (except won’t connect to the phone network of course).

@emmadavidson @fribbledom I tend to hand-me-down my old tech when i upgrade, but I do have one Dell laptop in a bag under the bed that gets pulled out once a year and booted up.

@MattHatton @fribbledom I have kids to hand down phones to now, which is nice. A lot of my other tech gadgetry is not as flexible/wanted by others as a PC or laptop though. I clearly don’t have enough tech friends who want to experiment on things.

I grew up with/went to school with this guy named Eric Schwartz who is a hyper-intelligent super creative artist. He's a well-known (at least in Europe) fury artist and also a big time Amiga guy. He probably only uses Amigas today. :)


Eric W. Schwartz - WikiFur, the furry encyclopedia

Eric W. Schwartz (full Eric Williams Schwartz; born November 27, 1971, in Dayton, Ohio, USA)[1] is a freelance illustrator, animator, Amiga enthusiast, and artist of note, especially in the fandom. Eric is the creator of the webcomic Sabrina Online, and the characters Amy the Squirrel, Sabrina the Skunkette, Tabitha (Sabrina's little sister), R.C. ...

@fribbledom Compac Portable II sitting next to my desk since years…

@fribbledom
Nope, I have an Atari ST that is doing exactly that.

@fribbledom
I've dug out my old C64 from my parents' attic about a year ago. Have not "found the time" to try it out for real. Something something not the right video plug somethong something...

I did manage to digitize some tapes from our oooold Hi-8 Camcorder this month, though. Late 90's, man ... what a time.

I had looked at pretty much every computer since 1979 that had been around. And I had a lot of fun with it. But I don't keep any of them. There are emulators for that, if I want to look at it again. I'm pragmatic. When it is no longer used, it can be gone. Applies to all items here. My flat is not a museum. ;)
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